Melissa is the Administrator and Public Officer of Precious Tree Project in Wilderness. She is a qualified Naturopath and has spent the last 20 years educating others about natural healing and well-being. She has an integrated tenacity for raising awareness about conservation and climate change. Here, she shares the story about how she became interested in naturopathy and green living.
“Modern medicine cannot be a lifestyle approach to health management. It just cannot be. The machines, the pills, the drugs … the stuff we rely on to cure us is actually facilitating less health in a human being. I think we should live our lives more naturally, follow more natural principles and live more closely to the natural world.
“I am not an activist. I am an educationalist.
“My primary focus and speciality have been training and education. So, I qualified with my honours in education, I was a high school teacher and then I left teaching because I think we need to move on from the teaching methods to more critical thought, and we don’t do that.
“When Lawrence [my husband] was hit by a bus and went into a coma and doctors said, ‘Put him in a home,’ I said: ‘Okay, thank you, but no thank you. I’m going to do my own thing.’ I thought, cool, I’m going to bring him to the forest and heal him here. I built a natural house from cob, clay and wood that was pretty much a healing home. The walls breathe, there are no synthetics, no VOCs or any of that stuff. I literally live in a forest.